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Paul Waldman, Washington Post, August 31, 2016: Why Clinton will always have low favorable ratings, no matter what she does
Waldman points to the reality about Clinton's low approval ratings.
We live in an extremely polarized time, in which no president of either party is going to get substantial approval from the other party’s voters. President Obama's approval among Republicans is at a mere 11 percent, around where it’s been for much of his time in office. Waldman says Obama could create 10 percent GDP growth, cure cancer, and save a bunch of orphans from a burning building, and nearly all Republicans would still say they don’t like him.
That's the hole that is Clinton's starting point. But the reality for Clinton is equally difficult. Waldman states that "there’s still a double standard for women in politics, which says that it’s unseemly for them to have ambition. That means it’s fine for her to do the job, but for her to seek a promotion immediately makes many people, especially those with “traditional” values, decide that there’s something about her they don’t like."
Okay being a woman in politics is bad...at least for certain Republicans whose brains are wired differently. But it goes well beyond being a woman:
"Among the many things this campaign has accomplished is to solidify a Republican narrative that they will continually reinforce about her if she’s president. It says that she’s venal, dishonest, rotten to the core, and literally nothing she does is for anything but the worst reasons. Presuming they hold on to at least one house of Congress (or lose them and then get them back in 2018), there will be constant investigations of the administration meant to prove just how corrupt she and those who work for her are. The attacks will be unceasing, because they know that keeping her mired in scandal (even if the scandals are invented) is the best way to hamstring her, keep her administration from achieving policy objectives they disagree with, and increase the likelihood of future Republican victories."
Waldman hit the nail on the head with that last statement. No matter what some more moderate Republicans privately believe about her, when it comes to party (tribal) politics, the tribe wins the day, at least the public face of those politicians. Hillary must be hated because they must continually pander to their constituents. The falsehoods go around in circles, embellished and believed...and repeated again and again.
That's reality in Republican Land...no matter who their candidate is for President he has to be better than the evil "Crooked Hillary."
And as long as Republicans obligingly spout that nonsense day after day, they have a chance of turning the tables in the midterms of 2018 when the Dems don't vote. Sad but true.